Possible release of tuberculosis bacteria investigated in Baltimore

Baltimore: hospital evacuated due to tuberculosis threat – reports

Tuberculosis is an incredibly infectious and deadly disease.

The amount released was equivalent to only a few drops, and no one was hurt, according to King.

The two buildings connected by the internal bridge - Cancer Research Building 1 and Cancer Research Building 2 - were evacuated as a precaution, Hoppe said.

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A spokeswoman for the fire department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A building at Johns Hopkins Hospital was evacuated Thursday due to possible tuberculosis contamination, according to the hospital. Soon after, a fire alarm was pulled and employees were evacuated.

But authorities later confirmed "that there was no risk to anyone on campus", Hoppe said. "So far, all indications are that no other individuals have been exposed, however the buildings will remain evacuated until cleared by public safety officials", she added.

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Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacteria that can be spread through the air.

Symptoms include coughing up blood, fever, chills, night sweats, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss and fatigue. It has always been on the decline in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 9,272 U.S. cases in 2016. More often, it instead lies dormant in the body, incapable of causing disease or being spreadable. "If not treated properly, TB disease can be fatal". As much as 20 percent of TB strains are multi-drug resistant (MDR), meaning they can rebuff the two frontline drugs used for treatment, rifampicin and isoniazid. Two percent are extensively drug-resistant, meaning they can resist almost every available antibiotic in modern use.

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